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Two charged with selling drugs

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By The Staff

By JUDY UNDERWOOD

Morgan County News Editor

A man and woman living in a low income apartment complex in Sunbright have been charged with selling drugs and will most likely lose their apartment.

Morgan County Sheriff's deputies led by Criminal Investigator Mike Wren served a warrant at 541 Pea Ridge Road, Sunbright on Friday.

"We had complaints about the high amount of traffic going in and out of there," Wren explained. Wren and the deputies working with him were eventually able to gather enough information to justify a search warrant for the home of Ricky and Nicky Wilson.

Deputies found illegal drugs in the home and charged the Wilsons and two alleged buyers on Friday.

Ricky and Nicky Wilson are charged with possession of marijuana (Schedule VI) for resale, possession of Hydrocodone (Schedule III) for resale; felony reckless endangerment; and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as driving on suspended license because neither of them has a license but have been observed driving.

Wren explained the reckless endangerment charge resulted from the pills being accessible to small children living in the residence.

Annie Patterson, the director of CDC who owns the apartments, said the group is committed to providing housing to those who can't afford it elsewhere and are not ready for home ownership.

She said the lease agreement tenants sign addresses drugs on the property and that anyone in violation can be evicted.

"We've got some really good renters up there," Patterson said. She added that CDC makes every effort to keep drugs out of its apartments.

In addition to the Wilsons, Scott Melton and Mark Hinson, both of Sunbright, were charged with simple possession. According to Wren they are believed to have just purchased drugs.